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StarCraft 2 Beta Will Not be Announced in 2 Days

Several news pieces and events, none of which can be traced back to Blizzard, have surfaced over the weekend. Considering that fact that April fools draws near and that Blizzard’s recent behavior did not suggest any immediate announcements, anything you may encounter in the next 2 days should be taken with a grain of salt.

1) The mysterious email.

Allegedly received by multiple people who have opted-in to the Beta, this email announces the imminent availability of it:

Welcome to the beta test of Starcraft II!

We’re excited to have reached the beta-testing stage for Starcraft II and our upgraded Battle.net service, and we’d be grateful to have you join us during the next few months of fine tuning.

Getting started:
Along with the beta of Starcraft II, we are rolling out our new Battle.net delivery system which will serve as the primary channel for downloading the game and its updates. In order to participate, you will need to use the Battle.net account associated with this email address.

In an effort to test our distribution system in a high load environment, we are giving a few days lead so that a large number of beta testers have the opportunity to read this email first. Our planned activation is Tuesday, March 31st at 6 PM PDT.

To see what time it is in your time zone, please check here:

After that time, you will be able to login to your Battle.net account at http://us.battle.net and download the “Battle.net Client (Beta)” which adds a host of new features to Battle.net including:

* A global friends list between all Blizzard games
* The ability to quickly join or observe your friends’ games
* Detailed statistics and rankings for each game
* Track the global achievements of you and your friends
* And much, much more!

In addition, it will serve as the launch pad for Starcraft II and will automatically begin downloading your authenticated copy once you run it for the first time. Once the game is installed, you will be able to access the Battle.net Client from within the game or as a standalone desktop application.

Sending us feedback:
In the bottom left corner of the Battle.net Client (CTRL-SHIFT-B from within Starcraft II) there is a button called ‘Feedback’ which will bring up a place for you to report any bugs or suggestions. We also welcome feedback on the official Starcraft II forums at http://forums.battle.net/board.html?forumId=12009&sid=3000

Please retain this email for your records. If you experience any technical issues getting started or while playing, please email support at SC2Support@blizzard.com.

We look forward to seeing you online soon!

The email is highly unlikely to be real. Up until now, every single Blizzard announcement of such magnitude was made through official channels, and certainly not via an email to thousands of random users three days ahead of time.Despite making it to IncGamers, this email is obviously fabricated.

2) The 3 Counters.

The counters can be seen on three StarCraft fansites: SCLegacy, SC2Forums.org and StarCraft.org. Having decompiled all three, it has become obvious that the counters are of the same origin, with SCLegacy standing out due to the additional counter and most significant changes to its site.

While we won’t rule out the possibility of something significant happening, chances are that this is an April fools joke initiated by SCLegacy.

3) Counters redirecting to www.starcraft2.com/beta

Considering the epic trolling history of the person who has started the rumor, we should have known better. However, having decompiled the counters, we can assure you that the .SWF file itself has no such function. The fake code screenshot of the redirect, “released” by Blazur, can be found here:

Fake Beta SWF code

…and here’s a screenshot the actual code, which contains no such redirect:

Real SWF SC2 Counter Code

Blizzard hasn’t shown any sign of an upcoming beta.
The second installment of the Battle Report Series has been announced and is still talked about by Blizzard officials; requests for questions for the official Q&A sessions are still here; competitions with beta keys given as prizes are still ongoing. This isn’t Blizzard’s way of doing things, and even without mentioning our thoughts regarding the state of development, it’s easy to conclude that this is nothing more than an April fools joke.

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17 Comments to “StarCraft 2 Beta Will Not be Announced in 2 Days”

  1. AlexW573 — March 30, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    There’s a few unusual things in that email, the first I noticed is the supplying of a time zone site. I’ve never seen Blizzard do that in anything before.

    Also, I’ve never seen Blizzard send out an email as an advance thing, instead of an announcement. From what I’ve seen, they either say “Look! Shiney stuff now!” or “Here’s what you need to set up your account, you will be able to log in on day X” never “We’re letting you know so you can prepare…”

    By the way, you mention an “epic trolling history”, what else has s/he done? I haven’t seen that name before.

  2. BarGamer — March 30, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    What a pity. My birthday’s on Wednesday, you see, and I thought getting into the beta would’ve been a GREAT b-day present. Alas.

    I guess I’ll just have to settle for an early work shift, class, and some lulz when I get home.

  3. SteelVelocity — March 30, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    1) SCLegacy better not have made that red counter as an April fool’s joke.

    2) Happy Birthday BarGamer.

  4. Anonymuzz — March 30, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    Even if it is April Fools Day, 3/31/09 will mark the 11th anniversary of Starcraft’s release. [If memory serves,] Blizzard promised June (and even with Blizzard’s tendencies to delay, I’ve been labeling June as THE Starcraft 2 release month). This would allow about 2 months worth of beta testing, a healthy number.

    I feel there’s enough evidence to make tomorrow a day to stay home sick for those with a beta key.

  5. Terran 22mark is gay — March 30, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    ok so any ways i think that

  6. N00bc4nnon — March 30, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

    I blame 4chan. It will somehow be /b/’s fault 😛
    Happy birthday bargamer

  7. SikTh — March 31, 2009 @ 1:23 am

    There’s no chance in hell this is anything but an April fool’s hoax. Do you really think Blizzard would only announce it through 3 fan sites? Really?

    (Happy birthday BarGamer!)

  8. Jon — March 31, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    oh #@$%! 1 more day and then the beta comes out

  9. Daniel — March 31, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

    ctrl shift b… that’s hard to press… unless you use your thumb for the b. even then it seems to be an absurd shortcut regardless of how you have to press it.

  10. Jon — March 31, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

    2 min left!

  11. Jon — March 31, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    Yeah! the beta is here

  12. AlexW573 — March 31, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

    No offense Jon, but how stupid are you? The article is about how the beta is not opening right now,

    Granted, various sites (the ones with counters listed here plus one other) claim to be accepting aplications to let people in the beta when it starts (some sort of “Fansite Program (FSP)”)

  13. evglmg — April 1, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    to be honest i give up sorry but i can´t wait i already have warhammer 40k DW 2 is very good game i don´t wanna buy starcraft 2 anymore blizzard they already leave the messenge is my opinion sry again. i will forget starcraft 2 too much time to wait.

    I kewn was a april fools day i think blizzard is playing with us

  14. SikTh — April 2, 2009 @ 4:33 am

    What a surprise it was all their lame attempt to get some attention

  15. evglmg — April 2, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

    now there is another terran stuped unid its means more balance dor the unid terra-tron imitation of megatron (trasnformes), megazord (power rangers) and daileon (jaspion a japonese serie from the 80`s)

  16. victorvndoom — April 2, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    a aprils fools joke ?

  17. evglmg — April 3, 2009 @ 6:48 am

    yes victorvndoom it was a unit of april fools day and was add to editor campaign of starcrat 2

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